Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Featured In Issue 170, October 2012

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Get ready for a blast from the past when Indiana Jones And his young protege Mutt Williams (LaBeouf) set out to discover The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Everyone's favorite archeologist, Indiana Jones (Ford), heads off to the wilds of Peru in search of a mystical crystal skull, which is fabled to have been carved from a single piece of quartz and posses mystical powers. Jones must find the skull and deliver it to its rightful place before the evil Soviet agent, Irina Spalko (Blanchett), gets her hands on it and assumes its mystical powers. (Stacey Pendry)

The only special features are three trailers.

Reviewed previously in Issue 136 as an anamorphically enhanced 2.39:1 DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ (the only one in the collection previously released on Blu-ray Disc), the picture exhibited a very sharp image, with fine details in close shots captured well, and even long shots looking natural and clearly defined. Shadows were delineated well, and black levels were deep. The new 2.40:1 1080p AVC Blu-ray Disc is visually stunning with a wide assortment of colors used, in addition to the brown and green hues, which dominate. The colors are nicely saturated. Contrast is balanced well. Black levels are deep and consistent, and shadows are delineated nicely. Fleshtones are natural, with good distinction between various hues, though, at times fleshtones appear pushed toward red and orange. This is a very enjoyable and impressive looking picture. (Gary Reber)

The newly repurposed DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is essentially a remapped version of the previous Blu-ray's Dolby® 5.1-channel soundtrack and provides fluid-sounding vocals and better definition of low-level effects, with enhanced localized and defined atmospherics and sound effects. The soundtrack's mix is very lively, with the surround channels active almost constantly throughout and nicely crafted pans across each stereo wall. Localization is somewhat constrained in the surround channels, but phantom imaging can be heard everywhere around the room. The LFE channel is used often throughout the presentation, with bass dropping below 30 Hz in the channel. Bass is defined well, and the midrange is crisp and articulate. Dialogue is always intelligible, but there are moments when the voices are obviously ADR produced, sounding slightly more forward than usual. There is a good sense of dimensionality throughout the room, and dynamic range is fairly impressive—a superb experience. This is perhaps the best of the soundtrack presentations in the collection and certainly the most finely resolved holosonic® experience. (Gary Reber)